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Transiting through Hong Kong

Flights through Hong Kong International Airport 

Everything you need to know about connecting through HKIA, from check-in to arriving at your final destination. 

We’re here to ensure your transit through Hong Kong goes as smoothly as possible. To check if you are eligible to transit through, Hong Kong, please refer to our Hong Kong restrictions and quarantine page.

  • You meet the latest entry requirements for your destination.
  • You are eligible to transit through Hong Kong.
  • The full itinerary of your journey is contained in a single booking.
  • You have face masks to wear during your journey.
  • You completed the necessary health and travel history forms 
  • You checked the latest information on your departing flight – at some airports, we may be operating from a different terminal to normal.

Expect the airport check-in to take a little longer than usual. Arrive 2-3 hours before your flight.

  • You can check in on up to 48 hours in advance but will still need to collect your boarding pass from a check-in counter.
  • Complete your health declaration on the Cathay mobile app ahead of time.
  • Passengers transiting through Hong Kong must carry a printed boarding pass. Self-printed and mobile boarding passes will not be accepted.

When you arrive at Hong Kong International Airport, follow the signs to the transfer point.

  • You will be given a sticker indicating that you are in transit.
  • After your temperature and documents are checked, head straight to the departures level.
  • A limited number of restaurants, stores and services remain open at the airport. See the full list hereOpen a new window.
  • The Wing, First  remains open to all passengers with lounge access, with no changes in operation hours. The Wing, First is located on Level 7, Terminal 1 near gates 1 to 4.
  • Leave for your gate at least 60 minutes before your flight’s departure time. 
  • We will board flights by row number to ensure reasonable physical distancing between you and your fellow passengers.
  • You will need to temporarily remove your face mask at the boarding gate while we do a security check with your passport photo.

Travel tips

How to prepare for your flight and transit through Hong Kong

Arrive early

Arrive 2-3 hours ahead of your flight. We may have to contact immigration at your final destination for approval to accept you for travel.

Plan your luggage

Ensure your carry-on contains what you need for your journey, as you won't be able to access your baggage.

Check your forms

Make sure you have the valid health and travel forms required and that you’re eligible to transit through Hong Kong.

Rest assured

The airport is open 24/7, so if you miss your flight or are rejected from entering Hong Kong, you will be able to stay at the airport until other arrangements are made.

Tips for your transit wait

Stay comfortable at Hong Kong International Airport

Bring layers

If you have a long wait between your flights, bring an extra layer to stay warm – or act as cushioning for your seat.

Bring snacks

A limited number of restaurants and shops at HKIA are open, though operating hours may be shortened. Bring snacks and a refillable water bottle. 

Bring extra face masks

All travellers are required to wear face masks at the airport and in the cabin. Bring extras.